The Bhoja Air passenger
jet reportedly crashed near Chaklala airbase nor far from Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad.
Government sources said debris and body parts were scattered across the crash site and crews were sifting
through wreckage in the heavily populated area. Approximately 110 bodies had been recovered from the scene, said a government official.
Defense Secretary Nargis Sethi told a local television station that the government initiated "an immediate investigation" to determine the airworthiness of the aircraft.
"Whether it was 10, 8 years old, or not airworthy is something that we can't confirm yet," Sethi said.
The crash is reminiscent a 2010 crash
when that killed 152 people on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. Another airliner crashed four years ago in central Pakistan killing 45.
That plane was also was flying from Karachi when it crashed into the side of a hill while trying to land.
Low visibility and weather may have been an issue in todayâ€™s crash; however it will be some time before an investigation releases results indicating why the aircraft plunged to the ground.
No information on ground casualties in the densely populated area were available at press time.
Update: MSNBC reporting 127 people were aboard ill-fated flight. No survivors. Still no report on ground casualties at 4:10 p.m. EST
Update: Fuel tan
k on 32-year-old aircraft exploded midair.